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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

16 worst political dirty tricks," Politico. Take a look back at American political history –- in pictures -- of a variety of allegations and schemes devised to help get people elected. From Garfield and van Buren to Koch and Cuomo to Bush and Gore.

"Peeling the Onion," by Morgan Pehme, City & State. Comedian Joe Randazzo dishes to City & State as he leaves his post as editor in chief of The Onion. Randazzo explains what makes politics so funny and why Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't.

"Gambling Group Gave $2 Million to a Cuomo Ally," by Nicholas Confessore, Danny Hakim and Charles V. Bagli, The New York Times. The New York Times revealed Monday that gambling interests steered $2 million to a group allied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the governor was developing his proposal to expand casino gambling.

"Casinos Wagered Early on Cuomo," by Jacob Gershman and Eliot Brown, The Wall Street Journal. A fundraiser at a Westchester home in October gave executives from the gambling conglomerate Genting the chance to personally pitch their plans for a Queens casino to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in October, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | [email protected]

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